terça-feira, 1 de janeiro de 2013

Movie Review : 1408

Straight from Wikipedia, we have that: 
"1408 is a 2007 American psychological horror film based on the Stephen King short story of the same name directed by Swedish director Mikael Håfström, who earlier had directed the horror film Drowning Ghost. The cast includes John Cusack, Samuel L. Jackson, and Mary McCormack. The film was released in the U.S. on June 22, 2007, although July 13 is mentioned as the release date in the trailer posted on the website.
The film follows Mike Enslin, an author who specializes in the horror genre. Mike's career is essentially based on investigating allegedly haunted houses, although his repeatedly unfruitful studies have left him disillusioned and pessimistic. Through an anonymous warning (via postcard), Mike eventually learns of the Dolphin Hotel in New York City, which houses the infamous "Room 1408". Interested yet skeptical, Mike decides to spend one night in the hotel although manager Olin (Jackson) warns him strongly against it. Mike has a series of bizarre experiences in the room."
My impressions: 

Well, for starters, I enjoyed this movie a lot more than other Stephen King´s based works, with maybe the exception of "The Shawshank Redemption". It´s awesome because it portrays the life of this paranormal debunker, Mike, and his quest to prove the supernatural doensn´t exist. To me, it doesn´t get much better than this. 

Now, this is my opinion, but I guess Cusack´s character kinda wanted to be proven wrong. He is a debunker and a sceptic, but at the same time, I mean, the guy uses a little skeleton doll on his car, and also he writes books that, while trying to debunk haunted houses stories, also use the awesome gothic themes to it, and the phrase he said to the girl at the book release party is to the point: "Stay scared". Also, he actually utters this words: "Nothing would make me happier to experience a paranormal event". 

It´s awesome. He is indeed a paranormal investigator, while at the same time he doesn´t quite want the supernatural to exist, he embraces the possibility that it exists. I mean, he is trying to prove a point (aren´t we all?) that, if the supernatural exists, perhaps his daughter is okay, and the suffering she went through had some meaning. He wants it to exist, but at the same time, he doesn´t quite admit to it. So he comes into this 1408 room, in which shit is about to go down. 

His character is given some exposition on the movie, and while we don´t have long, drawn-out moments of drama, we actually get the right amount of exposition to care about the character, and to me, the plus is that, c´mon, he is a PARANORMAL INVESTIGATOR/JOURNALIST. He also has that devil-may-care attitude and clothing style - hawaiian shirt with a suit in a classy hotel? C´mon, the guy definately got style. 

In summation, the work of the actors, both the stars and all, is great, as is the crew, and also the production. It´s a great movie, a great ghost story. Really, really good. 

A last bonus: to me, the best thing that this movie had in it was helpful, normal people. The reason I´m saying this is because, in the Stephen King´s universe, people tend to be assholes. You have this tormented, stupid, insane people, that just enhance the discomfort for both the protagonist, and to us, the reader/viewers. I´m not saying anything, it´s just the way he conveys what he is writing about, and that´s great, but at the same time, it can get pretty annoying. But in this movie we don´t have that. We have few actors on screen, the movie is pratically only John Cusack trying to survive the room ´s evilness. We don´t have any other actors trying to annoy the character out, so it´s pretty darn sweet in that regard. 

All in all, a great movie, great ghost story. 

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